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"The General" (1926) starring Buster Keaton

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"The General", a thrilling comedy about the Civil War, lifted Buster Keaton from the ashes of oblivion decades after his name and legacy were forgotten.  Audiences and critics in the 1920ies did not appreciate this extraordinary masterpiece, but Buster Keaton always regarded "The General" as his best film.  Today he is totally vindicated and the world agrees with him.

Simple mortals like us are not able to give adequate praise to this masterpiece.  "The General" is fascinating, thrilling, suspenseful, spectacular, and yet thoroughly entertaining.  None less movie authority than Orson Welles stated that Buster Keaton's "The General" is "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made." (From Wikipedia).

The film contains the single most spectacular scene of the Silent Era when a real train falls from a burning bridge and crashes into the river below.

"The General" has been voted in the list of the best films ever made, and is ranked number 1 in a list of the greatest silent films by Silent Era.

"The General" was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 1989, the first year it was enacted.

The film enjoys extraordinary popularity and has an outstanding rating 8.3 in IMDB.

Directed by                 Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
Produced by               Joseph Schenck, Buster Keaton
Scenario by                Al Boasberg, Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton          
Based on                   The Great Locomotive Chase by William Pittenger
Starring                      Buster Keaton, Marion Mack
Cinematography          Bert Haines, Devereaux Jennings
Distributed by             United Artists
Release date              5 February 1927
Running time              75 min.
Country                      United States
Language                   Silent film, English intertitles

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Reviewer: yorkmba99 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 6, 2014
Subject: A brilliant Masterpiece
I believe Phil refers to Roger Ebert. In a 2002 poll of critics and filmmakers on the best films ever made, critic Roger Ebert listed it on his top 10 (from Wikipedia).
Reviewer: gl1200phil - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 26, 2014
Subject: One in top ten silent movies of all time
Silent masterpiece. Can't remember who, but a contemporary HUGE director said this was in the top ten greatest films of all time. (i know its a lame statement, but I swear it's true!)
Anyone interested in silent films MUST see this if they haven't already. (Demanding aren't I?) The sequences where Mr Keaton is operating the train, and running back and forth performing impossible physical feats, are unequalled in cinema.
Just a fantastic movie. Anyone who can appreciate silents won't be disappointed!

Strong five stars for this landmark film!

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